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Irish Junior VIII Championship, 1972

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Irish Junior VIII Championship, 1972 ~ On 24th June 1972, the Irish Junior VIII Championship was held at Cork City Regatta. Garda won the VIIIs title, with UCD second and Trinity third. One hour later we went back on the water and won the ‘Leander Grand Challenge Cup’. The Cork Examiner(26/6/72) reported:

Those magnificent men, the Garda Junior Eight, achieved an incredible double at sun soaked Cork Regatta when, in the space of an hour, they took the Junior Eights Championship of Ireland and then swept to a superb Leander Senior Eight’s win…It was like old times with the tree lined Marina at its loveliest; the June sun melted recent apathy towards this event and the crowds really enjoyed a great afternoons racing and, above all, the power packed performances from the Garda flying squad…The statisticians could find no record of a similar feat in Irish rowing records.

Irish Junior VIII Champions, 1972

Bow     Jerry Curran                             (5)        Vivian O’Dea

(2)        Tom Fitzgerald                         (6)        Christy O’Brien

(3)        John Fahy                                (7)        Gerry Conway

(4)        Joe Harte                                 Str.      Mick Ryan

Cox                 Don Redmond

Coaches          Pat Grace and Brendan Duane



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